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Edifice
a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
---> The large edifice known as Big Ben towers over London.
Esoteric
private; secret; confidential.
--> Poetry can sometimes be very esoteric between a author and certain readers.
Florid
flowery; excessively ornate; showy:
---> some dresses have very florid designs to show a body's curves.
Obtuse
not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
--> People who watch tv all day versus people who play sports all day tend to be more obtuse.
Predilection
a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference: a predilection for Bach.
---> Many people have predilections on there favorite sports/action hero's.
Torpid
inactive or sluggish.
--> Fat people tend to be very torpid.
Talisman
any amulet or charm.
Nonentity
something that does not exist or exists only in imagination.
Sacrilegious
pertaining to or involving sacrilege: sacrilegious practices.
Pristine
having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
Alchemy
a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life.
deprecate
to express earnest disapproval of.
I deprecate my brother's actions of cheating on tests.
stigma
a mark of disgrace or infamy; astain or reproach, as on one's reputation
The scarlet letter is a stigma on Hester's life.
obeisance
a movementof the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture.
In history people of a kingship all obeisance to the king in person.
transitory
not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
Pain is never transitory, it all ends sometime.
dotage
a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
As one spends more and more time alone dotage takes affect.
malleable
capable of being extended or shaped
Materials like clay are very malleable for they can be shaped into many things.
malefactor
a person who violates the law; criminal.
Adultry is considered a sin there for anyone who commits it is a malefactor.
torpor
sluggish inactivity or inertia.
Fat people are very torpor.
stigma
a mark of disgrace or infamy; astain or reproach, as on one's reputation
The scarlet letter is a stigma on Hester's life.
Corpulence
bulkiness or largeness of figure
Arid
extremely dry
Alacrity
Liveliness or Briskness
Decorum
Orderliness or regularity
Dexterity
Cleverness, agility, or swiftness
Abash
to destroy one's self confidence
Analogous
corresponding in some particular way
Rectitude
correctness or straightness
Proffer
an offer or proposal
Impute
to attribute or scribe
Constraint
limitation or restriction
Sagacious
keen of scent, wise
Circumspect
watchful or discrete
Prudence
regard for one's own interest
Sporadic
appearing or happening at irregular intervals of time
Abeyance
temporary inactivity
Incumbent
holding an indicative position
Intrepid
resolutely fearless
Temerity
reckless boldness
Unobtrusive
inconspicuous
Irascible
easily provoked to anger
Parlance
a way or manner of speaking
Pedantic
overly concerned with details when learning
Jocose
humorous or playful
Pertinent
relevant
Allusion
a metaphor or parable
Surmise
to think or infer without evidence; guess
Plausible
having the appearance of truth or reasonable.
Oblivion
the state of being completely forgotten
Ascetic
a person who leads a simple life
Enigma
a puzzling occurrence or situation
Depravity
the state of being depraved
Iniquity
gross injustice or cruelty
Antipathy
opposition in feeling
Mitigate
to lessen in force
Aesthetic
having the sense of the beautiful
Enmity
a feeling of hatred
Pithy
brief, forceful and meaningful in expression
Furtive
take, done, and used
Vitality
power to live or grow
Taunt
to mock
Confront
to face in hostility or to oppose
Languid
slack or slow
Disconcert
to disturb the self-possession of
Succulent
full of juice or quality
Philanderer
to make love with a woman one cannot/will not marry
Vitality
power to live or grow
Evasion
an act or instance of escaping
Taunt
to mock
Prevail
to be widespread or current; to last; to survive
Confront
to face in hostility or to oppose
Grotesque
odd or unnatural in shape
Languid
slack or slow
Disconcert
to disturb the self-possession of
Succulent
full of juice or quality
Philanderer
to make love with a woman one cannot/will not marry
Evasion
an act or instance of escaping
Prevail
to be widespread or current; to last; to survive
Grotesque
odd or unnatural in shape
Imbibe
to consume by drinking, to soak up
Zeal
eager desire
Opulent
wealthy, rich, or affluent
Inevitable
unable to be avoided
Imperious
urgent; imperative
Assuage
to make milder or less severe
Incredulous
indicating or showing disbelief
Deference
respectful or courteous regard
Innocuous
not likely to irritate or offend
Quell
to suppress or to quiet
Portly
rather heavy or fat
Genial
warmly or pleasantly cheerful
Expedient
conducive to advantage of interest
Impose
to thrust upon others
Exhort
to urge, advise, or caution earnestly
Esoteric
belonging to a select few
Physiognomy
the face or countenance of a character
Countenance
appearance in the face
Progenitor
a biologically related accent
Jaunty
easy or sprightly in manner or behavior
Decadent
referring to culture or morals
Wan
lacking color; fatigue
Feign
to imitate deceptively
Sardonic
characterized by mocking
Vicarious
acting as a substitute
Rancor
bitter; hatred
Debauchery
seduction from duty, allegiance, or virtue
Ingratiate
to establish oneself in the favor of goods to another
Ingratiate
to establish oneself in the favor of goods to another
Apathetic
having or showing little or no emotion